When speaking at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland yesterday, former Secretary of State and potential 2020 Democratic candidate for president John Kerry had some advice for President Donald J. Trump: “Resign.”
“I’m not— I can’t play that—” former Secretary of State John Kerry started to say when asked what his message to President Trump would be on climate change and the economy. “I just— I would— But I know that, you see, because he doesn’t take any of this seriously. He doesn’t have an ability to have that kind of conversation.
“Resign,” Kerry concluded when pressed about what his “message” to Trump would be.
Former Secretary of State John Kerry’s remarks came in Davos, Switzerland, as broadcast by CNBC International TV, in response to a question on climate change and the human cost if the initiatives mentioned during the event were not able to be moved forward politically.
Below is a transcript of a portion of John Kerry’s closing comments at the World Economic Forum:
Panel Moderator: “Secretary Kerry, besides changing the president of the United States, [‘[i]f we don’t move forward all these initiatives with the political will and what you are trying so hard to do, what is the human cost]?”
Former Secretary of State John Kerry: “Well, we’re— I couldn’t agree with Peter and Rebecca more. The potential for food collapse, I think it’s about a $5B fishing-related industry. 12 percent of the people on the planet have their livelihood affected by what happens with the oceans. And we’re on a dangerous trend with the ocean, obviously.
“So, life itself can collapse, and you could have millions of refugees, you could have huge food desolation. And it is absolutely correct to say you cannot solve the problems of the ocean without solving climate change. You cannot solve climate change without dealing with the oceans.
“But just today, there’s a report about Greenland, which many of us— I went up to Greenland as Secretary. I went to Antarctica. I went to the Arctic. 86 million metric tons of ice a day is calving, falling off of the Greenland ice sheet, which is on rock, so it’s not displacing water. Everything added is added to the ocean bulk, and 86 million metric tons a day is enough water to service New York, greater New York, New Jersey and, and, and Connecticut for one entire year. That’s happening every day – something like 400 billion tons of ice. Now we know it’s melting four times faster than it was 10 years ago. And the rate of it—it’s just, it’s multiplying.
“The signals from scientists and everybody is telling us, ‘You guys have got to move.’
“The upside of this is, folks, nobody has to be terrified of this if we make the decisions. Solar power is now 88 percent less expensive than it was. Wind, 69 percent less expensive. It is absolutely, by any measure, less expensive than coal. But coal, coal is never measured appropriately. You don’t measure black lung. You don’t measure the kid’s asthma 55 million a year in our hospitals. You don’t measure the impact on lakes and streams. So, there’s a completely false measurement in our economy, and what we now know is there is a virtuous cycle totally available to us. We can do this if we make the political decision to do it. So, people have to become, every single one of them, activists, and citizens of the world are going to hold politicians accountable.”
Moderator: “That final word then, Secretary Kerry, if you had President Trump sitting right opposite you, what would your message to him be?”
Kerry: “I’m not— I can’t play that— I just— I would—
Moderator: “It’s important.”
Kerry: “But I know that, you see, because he doesn’t take any of this seriously. He doesn’t have an ability to have that kind of conversation.”
Moderator: “So, what would you say to him to get it there? What would your message be?”